Retaining your health visitor workforce

Retaining your health

21 / 10 / 2011

By 2015, the health visiting workforce will be larger, rejuvenated and providing levels of support targeted to individual needs. The Health visitor implementation plan 2011–15: a call to action, commits to recruiting an extra 4,200 health visitors and developing the service offering.

The number of health visitors has been in decline in recent years. The implementation plan states that health visitors employed in post have fallen from 10,137 in 2004 to 8,017 in 2010. It recognises that in order to meet this target, the existing health visitor workforce needs to remain motivated and retained.

This document, 'Retaining your health visitor workforce'  brings together suggestions and tips to help HR, line managers and staff side representatives work together to develop a retention strategy for your health visiting workforce. These approaches will often mirror the staff pledges in the NHS Constitution. Any work you are undertaking locally to embed the pledges are likely to reinforce your retention strategies.

When underpinned with robust workforce intelligence and information, these tools and resources can help NHS organisations reduce turnover, increase stability and meet the needs of children and their families.

Download the briefing here.

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